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10 Family Friendly Activities in London

Girls visiting Buckingham Palace

I was recently asked by GoEuro to name my favourite European destination for family holiday. I couldn’t resist suggesting my hometown of London which is quite frankly the best city in the world! To read more about my tips on London and other top destinations including Amsterdam and the Lake District, check out out this post on GoEuro..

  1. A cheap way to see London by water is on the Thames Clipper, a fast and frequent river bus service.  Take it all the way from Central London down to the attractions at Greenwich.
  2. Pay the Queen a visit at Buckingham Palace (well, admire from afar).  Beat the crowds by going to watch the Foot Guard Battalions at Wellington Barracks instead (a 5 minute walk away).  Combine with a picnic in St. James Park opposite.
    Wellington Barracks
  3. Science fiends will absolutely love the interactive Launchpad Exhibit at the Science Museum.  While you’re in there, why not go and see my dad who gives weekly tours around the Aviation Gallery (tell him I sent you!).
  4. Younger kids who are tired of being dragged around London by their parents will love the city farm and playground at Coram’s Fields.  Nearby Brunswick Centre has some lovely options for lunch including Giraffe and Carluccio’s.
    Coram's Fields - shrink
  5. The London Transport Museum is an absolute ‘must’ for kids.  The museum is very well put together with lots of interactive exhibits and yes, you get to hop aboard lots of buses and trains. It is also located in Covent Garden which is a lovely area for wandering around, watching street performers and soaking up the London buzz.
    London Transport Museum - shrink
  6. For toy nostalgia, head to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.  Check the activities schedule for storytelling, rhyme time and crafts.
  7. The Museum of London AND the Museum of London Docklands are both brilliant for kids.  My kids loved riding on the Docklands Light Railway out towards Canary Wharf and visiting the Museum of London Docklands.  Mudlarks is a really fun interactive section of the museum.
    Mudlarks - Museum of London Docklands
  8. Take in a show!  The big shows like the Lion King and Matilda are worth it but pricey. Keep your eyes out for what’s on at places like the Unicorn Theatre.
  9. Go boating in Hyde Park.  Then hunt down a traditional British ice cream van and a try a ’99’ which is essentially a big vanilla ice cream with a chocolate bar stuck in it.  Delicious.
  10. Save this one if you need a bribe – a trip to Hamleys, the oldest and largest toy shop in the world.

 

For tips on travelling around London by tube click here

2 comments

  1. Nika Jane

    I’m pretty sure the kids are enjoying with their adventure. Way back then, I remember, my mother loved to bring me in places preferably in Museum or beaches to learn and unwind. It really a must to bring our kids to a place like this too for them to learn new things and enhanced their skills through exploration.

  2. Snow Holidays

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing

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